Thursday, June 10, 2010

Splashdown Books Lineup for 2010

from Grace Bridges

I'm excited to be sharing my publishing plans with you! This year, I hope to publish five or six novels, each of them something I'm sure you'll enjoy. Two are due out in July, two in September and two in November:

The Duke's Handmaid by Caprice Hokstad
Slavery...loyalty. Torture...honor. Betrayal...selflessness. All the young orphan wanted was security in a world that destroyed her family and left her despised and rejected. Can the simple farmgirl find a new family through voluntary enslavement to the duke's household? Crafted in a highly precise writing style so smooth it slips right from the page into your imagination, this fantastical storyworld examines timeless social issues that inform global justice today.

Legendary Space Pilgrims by Grace Bridges
On a planet that has never seen the sun, a harvester hears a Voice from beyond. It's time to leave the oatfield. Mario and Caitlin escape the mind control of Planet Monday, following the Voice to unknown worlds where wonders and challenges await. Have you got what it be a legend?

Tales of the Dim Knight by Adam and Andrea Graham
Mild-mannered janitor and superhero fanboy Dave Johnson gets all his wishes at once when an alien symbiot gives him supernatural powers. But what's he to do with them? Follow his laugh-a-minute progress as he fights crime and corruption while trying to keep his family together and avoid being sued for copyright infringement.

The Alpha Redemption by P.A. Baines
When Brett loses everything in a tragic accident, he gladly accepts an invitation to take part in a prototype speed-of-light trip to Alpha Centauri, knowing that he may not survive. His only companion is the ship's on-board computer, Jay. At first he finds Jay an annoyance but, as time passes, the two become friends. With the voyage drawing to a close, Jay develops a sense of self-awareness and a belief in God. When it becomes clear that they cannot both survive the return trip, one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice. 

Nor Iron Bars a Cage by Caprice Hokstad (Sequel to The Duke's Handmaid)
In a last-ditch effort to find his missing son, Duke Vahn sends his most trusted servant to pose as a runaway slave in the hostile country of Ganluc. Meanwhile, the challenge he faces at home is no less daunting. This beautiful story is full of images: leadership by serving, ungrudging chivalry, and faithful romance.

Also in November, provided I can get it ready in time, is my pet project CyberDublin, in which Oodles rules the world. But when its global hyperweb network falls prey to sabotage, society spins towards chaos. In Dublin, the heart of the fallen cyberworld, an orphan rebel and her housemates face a reality far less virtual than they're used to.

So where's the "international" in all of this? Well, for one thing, only one of the novels takes place in the USA. Do fantasy worlds and newly colonised planets count? I reckon so, even if it goes a bit beyond the bounds of our world. I guess I'm an international publisher, sitting pretty down here in New Zealand while publishing U.S. authors and one Englishman who lives in Holland (Hi, Paul!).

Oh yeah, and if anyone wants to review any of these for us, do let me know! I'll be glad to send you a copy.


  1. Well done, Grace. These look wonderful!

  2. My daughter and son-in-law are very much into fantasy and sci-fi. Are your books marketed in the US or in New Zealand?

  3. Grace, it sounds like you have a fabulous lineup of books! I look forward to hearing more about Splashdown Books :-)

  4. These will be marketed globally via the usual channels. You will be able to get them on Amazon, B&N, the Book Depository (free shipping worldwide, international folks!) and whatever else Ingram dishes up.